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During June 2-4, Brain Bar Budapest, Europe’s festival to determine the future, brings together the world’s most exciting visions. Topics will include Earth versus space, robots versus creativity, human versus artificial intelligence, economy versus biology, knowledge versus information, and wars versus video games, debating competing visions of where Hungary and Europe are headed. This year, Brain Bar Budapest welcomes Chris Hadfield, the world’s favorite astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station; Tim Harford, the award-winning BBC broadcaster, Financial Times columnist, and author of the best-selling book Undercover Economist; Santieri Koivisto, CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company behind MinecraftEdu & KerbalEdu; Virginia Postrel, Californian philosopher; and Viktorya Krakovna, the co-founder of the Future of Life Institute.
Due to renovation work at the Buda Castle, the country’s biggest and most prestigious beer festival will be organized for the last time there between June 2-5. But as you might already know, Hungarians like to drink on two occasions: when there is something to celebrate and when something tragic has happened. This, and the 200 different kinds of beer (including local and international favorites), the concerts (including the performance of Caramel, Firkin, Rakonczai Imre, and others), the street-food trucks, the cider park and the other related programs, all guarantee that the Buda Castle Beer Festival will go out with a bang! So join in and raise your glass for the last time. Cheers!
Boston’s most magnificent ship is setting sail for the port of rock music on the Danube – which means that the Dropkick Murphys are back in town on June 12th, to rock out with everyone at Barba Negra Track. They are well-known for their live shows where the audience sings along, dances, and clasps the world in their arms. Cold beer, Irish bagpipes, and fast punk rock – what else could we ask for? Not to mention that their current tour is named as 20 Year Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Tour, which guarantees a setlist full of their greatest hits, from “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” to “Rose Tattoo”, from “Going Out In Style” to “The Boys Are Back”. One of Budapest’s best concerts of the month. More details here.
On June 14th, one of the founders of the metalcore genre, Killswitch Engage, are returning to Hungary’s capital – this time, they’ll perform at Budapest Park. Having emerged from the ashes of Overcast, this band has taken its love of honest and worldly lyrics and melodic guitar assaults to undreamed-of levels with what are now genre-classics “The End Of Heartache” and “Alive Or Just Breathing”, drawing both from subsequent hardcore as well as Swedish melodic metal incarnations akin to In Flames and At The Gates, adding a measure of the British legends Iron Maiden and heavy drumming rhythms. Before them, one of the hottest names in the genre, Architects, the excellent August Burns Red, Atreyu, and the young but cultish Bury Tomorrow will get you in the mood. More details here.